The 19th of August is the birthday of Charles E. Hires.
Hires was the first person to sell the soft drink known as “root beer” commercially. He sold it first as a concentrated extract that you mixed up at home by adding water, and then in ready-to-drink bottles with the water already added. And, he financed it all with mud.
Though sometimes he is also credited as being the inventor of root beer, root beer was actually a homemade beverage in America before Hires came along.